Jam Master Jay: Remembered by Pete Rock, Premier, & others…
“After Grandmaster Flash, there was Jam Master Jay. He was the one who took the ball and ran with it. He took the whole art form to the next level, as far as live DJ performances. The thing I always admired about Run-DMC was that Jay always performed and it was always live. Jay was always involved with the show and he was an intricate part of the group.
When ‘Sucker MC’s’ came out, I was breaking, so the whole Run-DMC movement was inspiring to me as a B Boy. ‘Sucker MC’s’ totally caught my attention because what they represented had a real B Boy feel. As far as Jay on the turntables, it sparked an interest in me to learn how to mix.
The first time we really kicked it together was in Puerto Rico, around 1992, 1993, for a Naughty by Nature/Run-DMC concert. I really got to build with Jay and we kicked it hard in the Puerto Rican ghetto. [Over the years], we made a few appearances together but what stands out the most was when we went to this place called La Perla. It was like the grimiest place in Puerto Rico and he was getting a lot of love over there. Ghettos across the world knew who he was and showed him love.
It was like a dream to be in the same room as [him]. To this day, I am a fan of the music and the culture. I couldn’t help but be star struck when we had a DJ session together. He always showed love and was grounded.” —As Told To Thomas Golianopoulos